The Australian cotton industry is proactively working to address the skills and labour shortage in agriculture by placing university students into internships with cotton-focused agribusinesses.
In a move to help connect employers with potential future employees, the Cotton Professional Program links students seeking work experience with agribusinesses seeking skilled staff.
The CRDC-funded program is run by Gordon Stone of the Agri-Business Development Institute and Trudy Staines, the cotton industry's own education officer (pictured).
Placements are available for students studying an agricultural related degree with an interest in working in the cotton industry. Students in their first, second or third year of study are invited to apply for a PICSE Cotton Internship (by completing this form), while students in their fourth/final year are invited to apply for the Professional Program (by completing this form), to be placed into an organisation that focuses on agricultural engineering, agribusiness, crop agronomy, crop research, NRM or similar.
Applications for both close on 30 October 2015, and placements can occur during university holidays.
Further information on the program is available by contacting Trudy Staines, the cotton industry's education officer (CottonInfo's education technical specialist), on 02 6799 1500 or via email@example.com.